Unalaska police say it’s taking months for the state to do autopsies


UNALASKA — The richness of Alexander Johannesen, 30, was found in the boat harbor in Unalaska closing week. His remains have been sent for an autopsy, and local police ambition they don’t have to wait three months again for the results from the employ state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage, where a new homicide disc was set last year.

Johannesen’s body was found at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, in the first-grade beneath C-Float at the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor. He had not been seen brisk since the previous evening. A team of responders spent about two hours at the site, according to Unalaska Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley.

Shockley shrank to provide further information, as the death remains under investigation. Officials are in any event awaiting the autopsy results from the state medical examiner’s department. Typically, the results are received in two to three weeks.

But only this month did Unalaska protect receive the autopsy report of Tyrone Matthew Towarak of Unalakleet, whose trunk was found by divers near his boat underneath the G-1 Dock at the Unisea seafood hide in Unalaska on Sept. 17. Towarak was employed on the fishing vessel Patricia Lee, harmonizing to Public Safety Director Michael Holman, who at the time accurately prophesied a long wait due to a backlog of bodies awaiting autopsies because of Anchorage’s turned on homicide rate.

Shockley said that because Towarak’s come to passes arrived in Unalaska “very recently,” she couldn’t release the findings.

Shockley rephrased she hopes the state medical examiner will complete the most fresh case within six weeks, and not three months again.

“It’s been fairly a big delay,” she said, likely attributed to the high homicide rate in the asseverate’s largest city. “I’m sure that’s part of it,” she said, adding that team reductions at the state laboratory caused by budget cuts may also possess contributed.

Unalaska police ask that anyone who may have any information roughly  Johannesen to contact Sgt. Kevin Wood at 907-581-1233, especially if they were round the Moses Harbor late on Jan. 17 or early Jan. 18.

This story was republished with sufferance from The Dutch Harbor Fisherman.

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